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Pontypridd Town 1-2 Ammanford

THEY say that winning becomes a habit and Gruff Harrison’s Ammanford Team are enjoying a winning streak at present as they extended their consecutive unbeaten run to five games on Wednesday night (Sept 25).

On a rain sodden pitch at Aberaman Park, Aberdare, the Ammanford Players were all smiles as they headed back up the steps at full time to the shelter of their dressing room.

Ammanford played in their emerald green away kit and were cheered on by their hardy supporters sat high in the stand above the pitch.

The first half was a stalemate with both defences on top.

For Pontypridd their evergreen striker Luke Gullick had half chances but couldn’t convert whilst Jones, Trundle and Frater were causing problems for the home defence .

It was 0-0 at the interval and a fair reflection of the game.

The second half came to life in the 53rd minute when Ammanford’s Gavin Jones played in team mate striker Craig Frater who held off his marker and slotted the ball into the back of the Ponty net, 0-1.

Thirteen minutes later Ammanford midfielder Andy Robinson unleashed a powerful shot that sailed over the Ponty crossbar.

Ponty were coming back into the game and Ammanford’s Goalkeeper Craig Morris was being forced into making some fine stops.

However things got worse for the home team as Ponty’s James Bloom picked up his second yellow card of the game after 77 minutes and received his marching orders from the referee.

As Ponty reorganised, it was Ammanford who struck again in the 82nd minute when a weaving run from Andy Robinson resulted in his strike beating the Ponty Goalkeeper to double Ammanford’s lead, 0-2.

Ammanford, with Ponty down to ten men and two nil up, were content to see the game out, but credit to Ponty as they continued to play football.

Deep into stoppage time their striker Luke Gullick pulled a consolation goal back.

Ammanford weathered the final minute of the game and were jubilant at their latest away win.

Ammanford’s next JD Cymru South game sees them host Goytre United on Friday, October 4.

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Ammanford well beaten by Port Talbot

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AMMANFORD slipped closer to the foot of Premier One with a high-scoring defeat to Port Talbot Town at The New Mansel.

Ammanford were put in to bat on a glorious afternoon and made hay while the sun shone with an opening partnership of 61 between Matthew Fisher and Alun Evans.

When Fisher departed for 40, Daniel Evans took over and his partnership with his skipper took the score to 155 before Roberts was caught on 49.

When Evans fell for an anchoring 86, the Davies brothers, Rhodri (28no) and Rhys (22no) saw out the Ammanford innings, taking their total to a formidable 259 for 4.

Formidable it may have been, but Port Talbot’s batsmen were up to the challenge.

Glamorgan’s Nick Selman led the charge before he was dismissed by Fisher for 47.

The main partnership of 123, however, came between Joseph Voke (84) and Matthew Thompson (74no).

There were still three overs remaining when Port Talbot cruised past the Ammanford total for the loss of 3 wickets.

Things won’t get much easier for Ammanford next week when Newport visit the Park.

Ammanford seconds v Ynystawe

Ammanford seconds continued their miserable sequence of defeats with a 4 wicket loss to Ynystawe at the Park.

A promising start from Eirian Morgan (13) and David Lumb (17) preceded a middle order collapse which was rescued by a terrific individual performance from captain Jamie Evans, whose 76 helped Ammanford reach 167 all out.

Ynystawe’s middle order by contrast kept the scoreboard ticking over, an undefeated partnership between Rowan Evans (31no) and Arun Maurya (26no) taking them past Ammanford’s total with four wickets and 16 overs to spare.

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Ammanford march on in Welsh Cup

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AMMANFORD progressed smoothly into the next round of the Welsh Cup by beating Pembroke Dock by 91 runs at the Park on Sunday (Jun 6).

The Pembrokeshire League Division 2 side were playing in the competition for the first time in 15 years and were excited for the game.

Ammanford batted first and amassed 161 for 9. Their main scorers were Owen Davies (36), Matthew Davies (21) and Rhodri Davies (24).

Nick Daley finished with excellent figures of 4-23 while George Smith took 2-28.

Pembroke Dock were never up with the required rate, and despite a defiant 34 from Billy Wood, they were dismissed for 92.

Tom Grimwood added 10 and Archie Hillier-Wood added 11 but it wasn’t to be for the Dock.

Llyr Morgan and Iestyn Jones took three wickets each, backed by Matthew Fisher with 2 for 4.

Next Sunday, Ammanford are away to Carmarthen Wanderers in the SWCA T20 Knockout, whilst their Third XI play at the Park in the Intermediate Cup.

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Walters’ century sees off Ammanford seconds

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CARMARTHEN Wanderer’s Leighton Walters scored a century to help his side to victory over Ammanford seconds on Saturday (May 22).

Ammanford’s first XI saw their game rained off at the Park but the seconds were able to play twenty miles away in Carmarthen.

It wasn’t to be Ammanford’s day though as they lost by 115 runs.

Batting first, Wanderers amassed an impressive 218 for 3 in their 40 overs.

The highlight was undoubtedly a century from opener Leighton Walters which included 12 fours and 4 sixes.

He was well supported by Andrew Edwards (45no) and Liam Rogers (22).

Ammanford had no reply, with only three of their batsmen creeping into double figures.

They were dismissed for 103 inside 30 overs.

Kai Summers (4-17) and Steffan Jones (3-13) were the home team’s chief wicket takers.

Next week, Ammanford’s firsts entertain early league leaders Cardiff at the Park.

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